CRN is reporting that Microsoft is spending more than $10 billion per year building Azure data centers to support its cloud and Azure businesses. In his keynote address at the CloudScape Conference 2015, Microsoft General Manager George Taylor said that they are now spending more money on building out its Azure data centers than it spends on its annual R&D budget.
“We used to invest about $10 billion in research per year, which we still do. Our data center investments are more than that. It is unbelievable,” Taylor said. “I would have never thought that years ago. And they keep growing“
Other details shared by Taylor in his keynote address were:
- Microsoft’s Data Centre capacity is growing 10 times annually.
- Azure is adding more than 90,000 customers each month.
- There are 1.4 million SQL databases in Azure.
- Azure active directory has 475 million users.
- There are 3,200 Azure MarketPlace applications.
- Microsoft has plans to expand its data centers into 5 more regions, bringing it to a total of 24 regions.